Hong Ngoc Tonkin Hotel
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Today we woke up to beeping horns and the sound of the market from outside. We went down for breakfast at 7ish where a family from Taiwan kindly offered us what we thought were crisps but turned out to be seaweed which tasted of rotting fish…but we ate it! The hotel guy bought us some fresh bread from the market opposite and fried some eggs. The family from Taiwan then started to take photos ...
... wanted to see documentation of the war from the northern point of view as well.
The city has been extra busy and packed with "Tet" or the lunar new year approaching. It's the same as Chinese New Year. For Vietnamese it's by far the biggest holiday of the year. Imagine Christmas, New Year and everyone's birthday rolled into one. Everyone goes home to there families, big cities quiet down as many head to the country side. The sell cherry blossom branches and mandarin orange ...
... not that clean.
Food and drink was readily available on board and brought to our compartment at intervals during the journey. Several windows opened downwards on the corridor side for reflection-free photography, especially on the scenic section between Hué and Da Nang.
On disembarking and leaving the station I had a taxi waiting, as arranged with the hotel and set off for a long needed shower and rest at my hotel in Hoi An.